Health, Science and Social Care Professions

Health and Social Care Level 3 Work-Based

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course has various start times throughout the year and will take 12 to 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • You should hold Level 2 Functional Skills or GCSEs grade A*-C in English and maths
  • You need to be employed within a Health and Social Care, mental health, learning disability, community or day centre setting
  • As your programme may involve working with vulnerable adults, you will be required to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check

You will achieve

Level 3 Diploma Health and Social Care.

Course overview

There is no clear-cut definition of health and social care. However, it does cover a wide range of services provided by local authorities and the independent sector to children and adults in need or at risk. Your work may be in: care homes, clinics, residential settings, hospitals, specialist roles including medical practices, and out in the community in the homes of people in need of help and support. The work can be, and often is, challenging, but it is so rewarding.

Course content

You will also study mandatory units and optional units relevant to your job role until you reach a minimum of 58 credits.

  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England (QCF)
  • CACHE Level 2 Award in Employment Responsibilities and Rights in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings (QCF)
  • CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care (QCF)*
  • CACHE Level 2 English and Mathematics Functional Skills

*The Certificate in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care is only required for those taking the Adult Social Care pathway.

You will study a mix of mandatory and optional units until you will achieve a total of 92 credits.

Your assessor will make appointments for observation visits in the workplace.

You will need access to a mobile phone, laptop or tablet.

You will study either in your workplace or at Barnsley College. You can attend a monthly workshop which will either take place in college or in the workplace. You will need to complete your work using an electronic portfolio [E-portfolio].

Upon completion you could progress onto a Level 4 or 5 qualification relating to your job role.

How much does the course cost?

Course Fees: £1,100 Full Fee Payable.

Extra information

If the course is listed as full fee payable, you will have to pay for the course.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health and Social Care Level 3 Work-Based

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